Peruvian Parade Inc. is a Non-Profit Organization incorporated in Trenton, State of New Jersey, the Organization was founded by a group of Peruvians in April 20, 1986 in the City of Paterson. A Peruvian general meeting was called and there a commission was formed to organize the first Peruvian Parade; the Commission was presided by Mr. Guillermo Callegari, Mr. Gustavo H Galliani Secretary, Mr. Pedro Velasquez Fiscal and Luis Oña Acts Secretary, among others.
Peruvian Parade has been a great event in the State of New Jersey; our Parade has been in the calendar of festivities of the cities of Passaic, Clifton and Paterson for the last 24 years. The Parade grew into the largest and most colorful celebration of Peruvian Heritage, Traditions and Culture out of Peru. The Parade is attended by thousands of participants and viewed by dozens of thousands of Peruvians and also members of other communities.
What started as a Peruvian-only celebration twenty five years ago has now become a celebration enjoyed by all ethnicity living in the Passaic County area. Our parade is the largest Parade in the State of New Jersey, it has great appeal to all audiences who appreciate the diverse culture of our music, folklore and food. The Parade is broadcast annually on local and Peruvian networks. It attracts thousands of participants and spectators, currently estimated at about 80,000, who not only come from all parts of New Jersey, but also travel from other states such as New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Florida.
The Mission of Peruvian Parade Inc.
Our mission is to commemorate the Independence Day of Peru, recognize our national heroes and promote our Heritage, Traditions, Arts, Music and Folklore.
Notable Peruvian Immigrants
Mario Vargas Llosa – Born in Peru, on March 28, 1936. He studied law and literature in Lima and Madrid; in 1959, he moved to Paris where he worked as a language teacher and as a Journalist for Agency France-Press and the National Television Service of France. As an author, he had an international breakthrough with the novel La ciudad y los perros in 1963. This novel, which builds on experiences from the Military School Leoncio Prado, was considered controversial in his home land. A thousand copies were burnt publicly by officers from Leoncio Prado. After having lived alternately in Paris, Lima, London and Barcelona, he returned to Lima in 1974 and in 1975 he was elected to the Peruvian Academy. In 1994 he was elected to the Spanish Academy, where he took his seat in 1996. His well known works includes Conversacion en la Catedral (1969; Conversation in the Cathedral, 1975), La guerra del fin del mundo (1981; The War of the End of the World, 1984) and La fiesta del chivo (2000; The Feast of the Goat, 2001). In 2010, he was elected Premio Nobel de Literatura.
Dr. Elmer E. Huerta – Born in Peru, Dr. Huerta obtained his medical degree at the University of San Marcos in 1981. Trained in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology, in Peru, he completed a fellowship in oncology research at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in 1988. Dr. Huerta is founder and Director of the Cancer Preventorium at the Washington Cancer Institute at the Hospital Center. His clinic is one of only few centers in the nation dedicated exclusively to cancer prevention and control. His popular one-minute radio segment “Cuidando su Salud” (Taking Care of Your Health) is syndicated to 120 stations in the U.S. and Latin America , he also serves as medical commentator on Univision, Telemundo, CNN in spanish and CNN radio news. Dr. Elmer Huerta, MD, MPH, has been named President of the American Cancer Society. He is the first Latino to head the prestigious organization in its 94 years history. “I am very honored and humble to assume the presidency of an organization dedicated to eliminating cancer, and making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans touched by cancer” he said.
Dr. Elmer E. Huerta has been Grand Marshall of Peruvian Parade in the year 2008.
Carlos I. Noriega – Born in Peru on October 8, 1959. He is a former NASA astronaut and retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel. In 1988, Noriega was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California, where he earned two master of science degrees. Upon his graduation in September 1990, he was assigned to United States Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition to serving as a Space Surveillance Center Commander, he was responsible for several software development projects and was ultimately the command representative for the development and integration of the major space and missile warning computer system upgrades for Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base. Selected by NASA in December 1994, after completed training and evaluation, Noriega flew on STS-84 in 1997 and STS-97 in year 2000.He has logged over 461 hours in space including over 19 EVA hours in 3 space walks.
Carlos I. Noriega has been Grand Marshall of Peruvian Parade in the year 1997.
NASA biography (http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/noriega.html)
Miguel Harth-Bedoya – He was born in Lima, Peru. He studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Julliard School of New York with Otto-Werner Mueller.. In 1993, Harth-Bedoya made his debut at Carnegie Hall with the Norwalk Youth Symphony. In 1998, he was named Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen. He was subsequently promoted to Associate Conductor in 1999, holding that title through June 2004. In 2002, he won the Seaver National Endowment for the Arts Conductor Award. Harth-Bedoya also holds a position as Distinguished Guest Professor of Conducting at Texas Christian University where he works with conducting students and conducts special ensembles. He also held other positions notably, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Music Director, 2000-2005 and Eugene Symphony, Music Director, 1996-2001. He is currently Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Texas) a position he has held since 2000. Winner of a Grammy in 2009
Miguel Harth-Bedoya homepage (http://www.miguelharth-bedoya.com)
Biography on Fort Worth website (http://www.fwsymphony.org/hld/bio.asp?bio=11&t=m)
Participants in the Peruvian Parade
The Parade brings together great part of the entire Peruvian community, we have large corporations and merchants that are part of the Parade, special invitees from Peru and also members of peruvian religious, social, cultural and sports clubs, folklore school of dancing and musicians as well as other countries groups are part of the parade.
Financing the Parade
Being a Non-Profit Organization, the Parade is entirely financed by donations from corporations, merchants and all other participants. Although the Parade have corporate sponsors, a big part of the contributions come from local merchants. We always expect that our Peruvian community support us not only with their donations but being part and attending all fundraising events that our Organization does to finance the Parade.
For more information about the Parade, if you want to be a volunteer, please contact us:
Peruvian Parade Inc.
PO BOX 2452
Paterson, NJ 07510
or call us at 973.523.0505
If you want to help to finance our events, please click here to donate.